By Leopold MunhendePRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has defended his government's decision, to pay white former commercial farmers for improvements made on land expropriated by the government. Mnangagwa told angry party youths, who lashed out at South African opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema at a party meeting Thursday, that his administration was sticking to the letter and spirit of the Constitution.
"I am sure he (Zanu PF politburo secretary for youth Pupurai Togarepi) was responding to recent statements on our decision to compensate farmers. Our Constitution is very clear on that. It does not allow us to compensate for land," the President said.
Mnangagwa spoke after Togarepi had angrily reacted to Malema's characterisation of the Zanu PF leader as a "sell-out" because of his decision to pay the white former farmers. "Yesterday we saw a half-backed revolutionary called Julius Malema, he was speaking of land reform raising issues on why we were paying white farmers. "That is an administrative issue and this is Zimbabwe.
Malema must know that the land question is behind us we do not need anyone from anywhere to tell us about land," said Togarepi. "The young boy with his mentality has to go back to school, he is more advised to go back to ANC. he should go hang and I tell him to shut up.